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Free Benjamin Shaw Reissue

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Originally released in October 2009, I Got the Pox, the Pox is What I Got is the debut EP from cult musician and misanthrope Benjamin Shaw. Billed as "six and a half songs of nausea, noise and hilarious anecdote" and accompanied by a pair of grisly music videos, Shaw's polarising sound was introduced to independent music audiences around the world through BBC airplay, reviews kind and cruel and a slew of live shows which saw the introverted Shaw slip between transcendent and petrified.

Though greater acclaim (and polarisation) would come with the introduction of deeper dissonance, nihilism, electronics and sparsity on releases like Megadead, Rumfucker, There's Always Hope, There's Always Cabernet, this debut was the perfect calling card for a singer-songwriter who wanted nothing to do with his own genre. His contempt for the form he's working within can be heard throughout fan favourites like ‘When I Fell Over in the City’ and the ten minute title track.

This remastered release comes packed with an additional five recordings, including a lo-fi cover of Nosferatu D2's holiday classic ‘It's Christmas Time (For God's Sake)’ and two stripped down live recordings, which are wonderful for comparison with Shaw's 2019 Live donaufestival album in terms of witnessing how he has eschewed the inherited self-limitation of his genre.




Benjamin Shaw Live Album

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Look out for the debut live album from acclaimed misanthropist Benjamin Shaw, the cult artist who was accidentally born in Canada before growing in Blackpool, spent miserable years in London before relocating to Melbourne, Australia. This release sees him traveling to a church in Krems, Austria for donaufestival 2019 and his first live performance in five years. The lead single ‘A Brand New Day (Live at donaufestival)’ is available now.

Evolving and experimenting, this performance sees him reimagine material from his discography with flashes of glimmering electronica, frozen R&B, glitchy beats, post-rock ambience and more as his fragile vocal carries him through songs about hope, hate and hurt. “It’s like I have a mini-breakdown between each song…”

Shaw has released records with Audio Antihero in New York, Kirigirsu Recordings in Japan, Glass Reservoir in London and more. Recorded live on May 4 2019 in Krems, Austria for donaufestival 2019. This was Benjamin Shaw's first live performance in five years.

The material performed here is taken albums like Megadead, Rumfucker, There's Always Hope, There's Always Cabernet, Guppy, Goodbye, Cagoule World and One Day We'll Laugh About All This. Dissected and reconstructed, the material here evolves often from lo-fi acoustic beginnings to an electronic pop that is both glistening and broken, like shattered glass. Shaw's fractured and frail vocal emotes misanthropic misery over an ocean of beats and waves of sound. Perfectly beautiful and beautifully imperfect.

Anyone who saw Benjamin Shaw performing live in and around London before his move to Australia and live hiatus will find a totally new sound and experience in these recordings.




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